How Do I Get Off The Sidelines?

by | Jan 24, 2019 | Blog

To create change, you have to get off the sidelines where you’re watching and planning and into the game where you’re taking action and doing the work.

Just yesterday I got this email:

How do I DO the work, to get off the sidelines and get DOING instead of fretting and doing nothing?

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Most of us intellectually understand that we need to do the work, but struggle with the most important part.

How do I get myself to do it?

How do I get myself to stop making excuses and actually do the things I already KNOW I should be doing?

How do I get myself to take the steps that will create the result I want so badly?

The answer to that question is exactly why I wrote Chasing Cupcakes. To help people make that shift, today and every day, that eluded me for so long.

For most of my life, I felt the same way.

  • I knew I should eat better but I kept making excuses and putting it off
  • I knew I should watch less TV but I settled for hours of laying around every night
  • I knew I’d feel better if I exercised but I wasn’t ever doing it
  • I knew I should get my finances organized and start spending less, but nothing was changing

I was deep in a cycle of continuous learning and planning.

I would think about the changes I wanted to make and I’d voraciously consume as much information about strategy and tactic as I could find. I’d plan my approach and chart my expected progress, but never launch. Or, if I’d begin, I’d give up in hours or days.

I didn’t need to learn more. I didn’t need to plan more. I didn’t need to think or strategize more. I simply needed to DO more and do it more consistently.

So back to the question…

How do you get off the sidelines and into the game?

Immediately, right now, shift your attention from the problem to the solution.

To take action, you have to turn your attention to the action you’re able and willing to take TODAY. Not in theory, not in general, not tomorrow or Monday.


Identify one thing you’re able and willing to DO in the next hour that represents an improvement for you.

If I were to participate in the solution TODAY, what would that look like? Of those things, which am I able and willing to do right away?

I have invested thousands of hours into creating tools to help people make this shift. I’ve mentioned Chasing Cupcakes and that’s absolutely one of them. It’s not a rule book. It’s a tool book. It’s not there to help you learn, it’s there to help you change.

The other is the 12 Weeks to Transformation – a carefully guided journey to help you build a foundation of action and awareness. Registration opens a few times a year and our next group kicks off on April 7th, 2019. The wait list is presently open so if you want to learn more, make sure you’re on that wait list!

Fortunately, you can start right now. You don’t have to wait until you finish Chasing Cupcakes. You don’t have to wait until our 12 Week journey together this spring. You can start right now by asking and answering these questions.

Just for today, what are you willing and able to do that is an improvement for you?

What is one action step you’re able and willing to take today that moves you in the direction of the goal you have?

What is your next best choice?

How can you win the next 5 minutes?

These questions are tools you can use in any & every moment to get off the sidelines and into the game.

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